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Need small dac macbook/ios with headphone out/lineout 3.5mm

post #1 of 5
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Hi,

I just got the nad hp50 and quite like this headphone. I want to buy a new small dac with headphoneout/lineout to use with these headphones and my speakers and my laptop or ios device as source.

I was thinking of the meridian explorer v2 but its output impedance is 5 ohm which i think is a bit high.

Also it seems to need an active usbhub to work with ios devices.

I thought for ios use you needed a device with an apple certified chip but that seems to have changed with ios 7?

Are there any other recommendations in small dacs around 300 euros that work with ios?

Greetings, Anouk,

post #2 of 5

http://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/traktor/dj-audio-interfaces/traktor-audio-2-mk2/specifications/

 

Ni Audio 2 seems to meet the bill. Two stereo output channels each suitable for line out of headphones out. iOS compatible.

 

Could not find an impedance figure for the nad50. NI claims Audio suitable for headphones from 28-600 Ohms. Whether that means the output impedance is < 4 Ohms I don't know.

 

It does go loud though. I use one with a netbook running Traktor and Ableton. No problem cueing using 70 Ohm Senn HD 25-1 II even at 100dB++ SPL.

 

Consider something like the cheap but good FiiO E05 as a impedance matcher if it is an issue..

post #3 of 5

Might want to look at the HRT MicroStreamer.

post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 

Hi, I considered the hrt microstreamer, there is a 6-way review with it and the meridian, the meridian is apparently the bettersounding dac.

Greetings, Anouk,

post #5 of 5

I've heard that as well. However, I don't believe the microstreamer requires a powered USB hub. So it might be a sacrifice for portability's sake.

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